Despite their recent stretch of success, all is not well with the Red Sox.
They're still in last place. They're still run by a tyrant and owned by a Muppet.
Their outfielders' HEADS are falling off!
Okay, it's not that bad. But their outfielders do keep getting hurt. In fact, with today's announcement that Cody Ross who's tied for second on the team with eight home runs, and second with 28 RBI will miss "a couple months" with a broken foot, all three projected starting outfielders are now on the DL. And it will be at least a month before any of them (in this case, Jacoby Ellsbury) is expected back in the line up.
In the meantime, you might see Adrian Gonzalez get a few more reps in right (after all, he was pretty decent in interleague). You may see Will Middlebrooks shagging flies once Kevin Youkilis is activated. And who knows, if they get desperate enough, you may even see Bobby V. give Johnny Pesky a shot. Wouldn't that be something.
But for now: It's LINSANITY
That's right. You may remember Che-Hsuan Lin from his brief ninth inning appearance against the Rays on April 14. Maybe you caught a glimpse of him in left field for the last three innings on Sunday. But, unless you've been paying attention down on the farm, you've never seen him hit. And you've certainly never seen him start.
Che-Hsuan Lin is Boston's new starting RF.
Linsanity is coming to the Sox.
And you just know that Dr. Charles and Lucky Larry are already cooking up something sweet.
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Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.